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Review: Peebo Manga Vr. 1.0.

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Hello, Anime Vicers. I wanted to share with you this time a review on a product that I'm betting many of you have probably never heard about. It's something right off my bookshelf and really enjoy reading. It's a US created manga. Not a comic drawn in a manga form. This book is made at just the same size as any manga you will find in your local bookstore. The biggest difference is that all the art and publishing was done right here in U.S. This is not like that whole Nick Simmons tracing debacle. This artist is good and original. It's titled Peebo Manga Vr. 1.0. The artist is Fred Perry, and it's published by Antarctic Press. Rates for "All Readers".
  
It's roughly a spin off of Perry's original Gold Digger comic series. In his comic there are these specialized A.I. robots called Peebos, and three have their personalities based on the their creator, Brianna Diggers; and her two sisters. The Peebo Manga is a stand alone spin-off meant for laughs. It follows the three main Peebos; Perbri, Peegi, and Peebrit; on their goofy little adventures from the perspective of these A.I. robots. It's read in the left to right form. It's black and white, and drawn in a traditional Japanese 4koma style. On rare occasions there may be more panels.
 

The Good

 Peebri is the troublemaker.
 Peebri is the troublemaker.
First off, the art is really well done in this comic, and the same thing can be said for the writing. I think the art is of much higher quality than you would get out of your average 4koma series. You really feel the more American sense of pop culture in the book. Peebri is obsessed with playing video games and develops a disturbing interest in acting out Katamari Damacy for real. In one adventure the three robots band together to enjoy playing a virtual reality RPG, Peebrit discovers her love for tuna cans, and it all culminates into the Peebos playing out their own version of Lord of the Rings with the wedding ring on one ticked off Brittany Diggers. The humor is really well done and many times laugh out loud funny.
 
Another big plus is that you can enjoy this book on it's own. Without ever reading a single Gold Digger comic this is based upon. This is all about the in the moment comedy and watching these robots up to some mischief. Normally, with Peebri being the cause. She is the series Konata.
 

The Bad 

Here is where the bad comes in to play. While this may have the same height and width of your average manga. It's in the depth that it's slightly lacking. Your average manga is nearly 200 pages. This manga is 140 pages. The original list price on the book is $9.99 USD. I originally bought it on Amazon a few years ago, but I couldn't find it on the site now. It is still available on Antarctic Press' website in the store section for $10.95 USD. One of the down sides of coming from a smaller publishing company is that series often have smaller runs.

Verdict 3.5/5

This is a really fun book. The biggest obstacle to trying this book out is it's limited availability. There are so many great little moments in here and the art is really well done. If I could recommend this kind of book to anyone. I think it would appeal most to readers of Japanese 4koma series such as Azumanga Daioh or Lucky Star. The gags are short, funny, and have an over riding theme.
Understand that I really enjoy reading this manga, but the availability of it really hurts the rating. It it rather hard to rate this book. I almost want to make this a 4, but I feel I really need to go with a 3.5 out of 5.
 
A real big plus is that if you are even the least bit curious, but just not sure if you want to risk the purchase, there is an extended preview of this manga on the Antarctic Press website in the "Online Comic" section.  
If this review has gotten you interested in this US based manga artist. You can also check out the free mini comics he made for his blog. One is another spin-off his Gold Digger series, Northern Edge; and another is based on his own adventures playing Final Fantasy XI online, called LvL UP. In LvL UP he makes some great Dragon Ball Z and Gurren Lagann references. Just see hisComic Vine profile for his website if you want to check out those free comics. 
 
Kristoffer Remmell (FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.         
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Peebo Manga is a spin off 4koma series of the Gold Digger US comic created by Fred Perry. It follows the exploits of the three main A.I. mines known as the Peebos.

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